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If Cowboys need him, former Boise State QB Kellen Moore: ‘I feel comfortable with it’

Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Kellen Moore receives the snap as head coach Jason Garrett looks on last week during practice at the team’s training facility in Frisco, Texas.
Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Kellen Moore receives the snap as head coach Jason Garrett looks on last week during practice at the team’s training facility in Frisco, Texas.

Former Boise State great Kellen Moore was a free agent this spring, and there was some chatter the Dallas Cowboys may look for others to either replace or compete with him as the backup quarter. Fast forward to June, and Moore appears firmly entrenched as the No. 2, behind Dak Prescott.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan recently said he is very content with Moore backing up the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Moore has been a hot topic in Dallas, which kicked the tires of some other potential backups, but only has undrafted rookie Cooper Rush and journeyman Zac Dysert on the roster in addition to Prescott.

“He's exceptional,” wide receiver Cole Beasley told the Dallas News. “A lot of guys wrote him off because of his size. They tend to do that in this league. But you can’t just find a gamer that knows how to go out there and play football ... he’s one of those guys.”

Moore, entering his sixth NFL season and third with the Cowboys, has played in three NFL games, all in 2015. He was 61-of-104 passing for 779 yards, with four touchdowns and six interceptions. In his last start, he threw for 435 yards.

“I feel comfortable with it, obviously coming up on my third year here,” Moore said. “You reach that point where you’re pretty comfortable with the offense. You kind of know all the ins and outs. It’s just getting out there and playing.”

In his conversation with the Dallas News, Moore also said he and Prescott do reminisce on their college careers, but have not broached if Boise State would beat Mississippi State when they both played. Moore did say it’s something he mentioned to former Detroit teammate Matthew Stafford, who played at Georgia. He already was in the NFL when Moore and the Broncos beat Georgia in 2011.

“I used to have Stafford up in Detroit and he liked to talk a lot of SEC stuff and I’d usually have to remind him that we beat Georgia in college, so calm down a little bit,” Moore said.

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